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Life Science Headhunter

City Centre, Belfast, UK

Job Type

Full Time


£28,000/yr - £40,000/yr

About the Role

We are seeking a dynamic Life Science Headhunter with a PhD to join our team. The ideal candidate will utilize their scientific expertise and industry knowledge to strategically identify, engage, and recruit top-tier talent for leading positions within the biotech sector.



  • Conduct in-depth research and analysis to identify high-potential candidates within the life sciences domain, focusing on biotech industry leaders.

  • Develop and maintain a strong network of industry professionals, leveraging personal expertise to understand the intricacies of various roles and company cultures.

  • Employ a consultative approach to engage and build relationships with senior-level executives, understanding their specific needs and providing strategic talent solutions.

  • Collaborate closely with clients to comprehend their organizational goals, culture, and talent requirements, aligning candidate profiles with their strategic objectives.

  • Utilize comprehensive industry knowledge and a scientific background to assess and vet candidates for technical and leadership capabilities.

  • Manage the end-to-end recruitment process, from candidate identification and screening to offer negotiation and successful placement.

  • Stay updated on industry trends, market movements, and competitive landscapes within the life sciences and biotech sectors.


  • A PhD in a life science discipline (e.g., biology, biochemistry, pharmacology) is essential.

  • Strong understanding of the biotech sector's scientific, technological, and regulatory landscape.

  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and negotiation skills to engage with C-suite and senior executives.

  • Ability to navigate complex organizational structures and tailor recruitment strategies accordingly.

  • Strategic mindset with the ability to deliver high-quality talent solutions to clients.

Advantages of a PhD in Engaging with Senior Executives:

The unique advantage a PhD provides our consultants when engaging with senior executives in the biotech industry is multifaceted:

  • Technical Proficiency: A PhD demonstrates an in-depth understanding of scientific concepts, enabling consultants to engage with executives on a technical level and comprehend the nuances of specialized roles within the biotech sector.

  • Credibility and Trust: Holding a PhD builds credibility and trust with senior-level professionals, fostering meaningful discussions and rapport due to shared expertise and experiences.

  • Strategic Insight: The rigorous training and research involved in earning a PhD instill critical thinking and analytical skills that are invaluable in understanding complex business challenges and aligning talent with organizational objectives.

  • Empathy and Understanding: Having navigated the academic world, PhD holders often possess a deep empathy for the professional journey and challenges faced by individuals pursuing scientific careers, facilitating more empathetic and informed interactions with candidates and clients alike.

This position offers a unique opportunity to combine scientific acumen with executive recruitment expertise to drive impactful talent acquisition within the vibrant and evolving biotech landscape.

About the Company

With over 20 years of experience in life science executive search, Cranmore Executive Search stands as an industry leader. We are passionate about forging partnerships, delivering innovative solutions to clients worldwide. Our proven methodology and process ensure we identify top performers, going beyond traditional recruitment practices to truly impact businesses. From early stage biotech start-ups to FTSE 100 companies, we are the trusted recruitment partner for a diverse range of organizations, with a track record of success that speaks for itself.
Don't miss this chance to be part of an adventure that will elevate your career to extraordinary heights. Join Cranmore Executive Search today and unleash your true potential!

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